Policy briefing

RCN guidance on reasonable adjustments for staff affected by disability

The RCN has updated its peer support service guide for staff affected by an impairment or health condition in the workplace
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The RCN has updated its peer support service guide for staff affected by an impairment or health condition in the workplace

Essential facts

The RCN’s peer support service guidance is aimed at healthcare professionals with medium to long-term health conditions or chronic impairments, as well as line managers.

Anyone who has a disability is protected by law and their employer has certain duties to fulfil, including making reasonable adjustments to their place of work and duties.

Most workplaces can be adapted at little expense to allow staff members to continue to use their existing skills.

The rights of people with health conditions in England, Wales and Scotland are protected by the Equality Act 2010.

There are two separate acts in Northern Ireland: the Disability Discrimination Act and the Special Education Needs and Disability Order.

The legislation

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